Candied Cinnamon Pecans

by aimee @ shugarysweets on December 23, 2012

Candied Cinnamon Pecans: a delicious snack that everyone LOVES!!

In case you weren’t aware, Christmas is only two days away. I think I’m ready. Are you?

We will be traveling next week to visit family, and I have a fridge stocked full of fudge, truffles and cookies! I hope my family has their sweet tooth (or is it teeth) ready!

If not, no worries. There is also a big bag of cinnamon pecans ready to go too!

My dad makes these pecans every year. They are simply addictive. The cinnamon sugar coating gets baked on (thanks to some egg whites), and the result is a crunchy candied pecan.

Perfect on a salad too, if you find yourself with any extras after the holidays. (I know, crazy right? Extras?).

Candied Cinnamon Pecans

These would also be a wonderful hostess gift any time of year! Place in a mason jar with a cute ribbon and tag. They don’t have to be just for the holidays.


Candied Cinnamon Pecans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 gallon ziploc bag of pecans

Sugar and Cinnamon candied pecans for a sweet and salty treat!


  • 2 lb pecan halves
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Beat egg whites with a whisk for a minute until frothy. Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Beat again. Fold in pecan halves until completely coated.
  2. Line a 15x10x1 baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour pecans onto parchment and bake in a 225 degree oven for one hour. Stir pecans ever 15 minutes.
  3. Remove and cool completely. Store in a ziploc bag or airtight container for 1-2 weeks. ENJOY!

Candied Cinnamon Pecans: a delicious snack that everyone LOVES!!

Here are some other ideas for your holiday entertaining!  

Appetizers: Snacks to hold you over for the holidays!

CopyCat Aladdin’s Hummus: our family loves to eat snacks on Christmas Day while playing with our new “toys”

Jalapeno Corn Dip: simply irresistable, you can’t just eat one bite!

Taco Snack Mix- no need to bake this one!

BREAKFAST: Every Christmas morning should start with something delicious!

Eggnog Muffins: little bites with a hint of eggnog!

Snickerdoodle Biscotti: our treat while the kids open presents (delicious with coffee)!

Baked Eggnog Donuts: for the true eggnog fans, ready in under 30 minutes (start to finish)

Egg Casserole: My family’s favorite: hashbrowns, egg, cheese, ham, spinach: it’s all in there!

Desserts: A long list of our favorite holiday treats! ENJOY!

Christmas Tree Confetti Cupcakes: cute, festive and absolutely delicious (from scratch funfetti cake too)

Santa Hat Hot Chocolate Brownies: hot cocoa gives these brownies a rich chocolate flavor, topped with cool whip frosting!

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffles- cookie dough truffle center with chopped Andes mints, dipped in melted chocolate. OMG

Trinidad Truffles- copycat Fannie May truffles with dark chocolate centers and coconut white chocolate coating

Eggnog Truffles- soft creamy center dipped in white chocolate and a sprinkle of nutmeg

Peppermint Fudge- Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips and Peppermint Mallows are the stars of this fudge!

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Robin @ Bird On A Cake December 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Yum, those pecans look delicious! Merry Christmas, Aimee! :0)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life December 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I am almost ready…still have cards to mail (big fail there this year) and presents to wrap! My sweet teeth are ready for all the Christmas goodies. I’ll be waiting for you to throw a package out the door as you pass me next week;-)
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

These are going to be my new favorite treat! Merry Christmas to you and your family Aimee!
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) December 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

Gosh, I would adore these if I wasn’t allergic to nuts but those eggnog doughnuts sound like a winner for sure tomorrow morning.
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floridapossum October 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

All I can say is, if you’re from the South and move to Canada bring money or you won’t be eating any southern foods. Bought pecans yesterday to make these, and 2 lbs. cost $40!


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